The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research (CBC&R) and the African and African American student organizations will celebrate Kwanzaa at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.1, in the Mountainlairs Rhododendron Room.

Kwanzaa, a non-religious celebration, is an African American holiday observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. An agricultural celebration called”the Harvest of the First Fruits,”the holiday focuses on seven basic values that build and strengthen community.

The groups invite students and community members to attend the celebration and learn more about the holiday.

“By educating people (about Kwanzaa),”said Phoenicia Keffer, CBCR s administrative assistant,”we hope they will want to celebrate it at home.”

In addition to a candle-lighting ceremony, Dr. James Coyner, professor of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska of Omaha, will speak. A reception will follow.

Dr. Coyner currently teaches black studies and was formerly the chair of the Black Studies Department. He has written or authored 17 books on African American studies and culture.

Also as part of the Centers holiday celebration, the Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Choir will present their annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. This activity is also free and open to the public.

The choir, directed by Solomon Wright, will present seasonal music and selections of traditional and contemporary gospel music.

For more information on Kwanzaa or the choir concert, call 293-7029.